Assistant Attorney General
Child Protection Section - Full-Time; Anchorage Office
The Child Protection section of the Department of Law is looking for a talented, energetic, and hard-working full-time attorney who wants to become a member of our dynamic legal team in our Anchorage office. If you want to be a part of a collegial, collaborative and professionally inspiring workplace, we hope you will consider joining us. The Department will begin evaluating and hiring for this position on March 2, 2018. Attorneys who applied for this position in response to the February 2018 recruitment notice will automatically be considered for this vacancy and need not resubmit an application. Applications received after that date will be considered if the position remains available. Applicants who have questions about the position should contact the section supervisor identified below.
The Civil Division of the Department of Law is the State of Alaska’s chief legal office in civil matters. The Department of Law is comprised of 13 different sections throughout the state and is considered the “largest law firm” in Alaska.
The Child Protection section provides advice and representation to the Department of Health and Social Services Office of Children's Services. Services the section provides to DHSS include advice on child protection statutes and regulations, instituting court actions when children must be removed from abusive or neglectful homes or when court oversight is required, working closely with the Department on legal decision making during the life of the child protection case, and filing petitions to terminate parental rights so that safe, permanent homes for children can be found if reunification is not possible. The section’s attorneys work in Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks, Kenai, Nome, Palmer, and Juneau.
Working and Living in Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. The city is a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains. It’s a great community to live and work in. National Geographic Traveler named it one of the “Best of the World” destinations in 2017. The city offers a wide array of social, cultural, athletic, and professional opportunities for individuals and families. There are 250 miles of trail inside the city to explore—many just minutes from downtown and spectacular mountains and glaciers nearby for hiking, biking, running, and skiing. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, an 11 mile coastal trail that begins in downtown Anchorage, begins only blocks from the Department of Law. Anchorage is also home to Alaska’s largest university and enjoys multiple performing arts centers, extensive shopping and nightlife; and a growing culinary scene to enjoy. For more information, please see our website: www.law.alaska.gov.
The primary responsibility of the attorney in this position is to handle child-in-need-of-aid cases in the Anchorage office. The case load is heavy and focused on litigation. This position requires extensive superior court trial work and a significant amount of written motion practice. The attorney may also have the opportunity to work on child welfare policy and participate in special projects aimed at improving the child welfare system in Alaska. Some travel within Alaska will be necessary.
Attorneys in this section produce a high volume of work on a daily basis. At least two years of trial experience and experience in child abuse or neglect law is highly desired. General criminal and family law experience will also be considered. Candidates must have strong litigation, case management, and time management skills. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate consensus building and a willingness to be flexible. These positions require an attorney who is a creative thinker, able to think and make decisions quickly, and able to work independently and well under pressure. The successful candidates should be committed to the child welfare field and able to work with a variety of people, including the client agency, the general public and witnesses.
For additional information about this position, contact Carla Erickson at (907) 269-5140.
Salary will depend upon the legal background and experience of the selected candidate. A comprehensive state benefits package is provided for regular, full-time, partially-exempt (PX) positions. State attorneys are in the partially-exempt service and serve at-will at the pleasure of the Attorney General.
Candidates who are interested in applying for this position must submit a resume that includes a complete history of education and professional work experience and identifies at least three professional employment references. Candidates also must submit a comprehensive professional writing sample. A cover letter should specify the position for which the applicant is applying. Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Office of the Attorney General
1031 W 4th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
or emailed to:
(Those applying via email should title the subject line “application for current attorney recruitment.”)
All interested and qualified applicants will be considered, but not every applicant will be interviewed.
The Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and complies with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act. Applicants who need accommodation to apply may call Melanie Ferguson at the department’s Anchorage office (907) 269-5102 or Relay Alaska at 1-800-770-8973.